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Blue Car Today, and in it he talked about deciding to become an American citizen. (“I bought a blue car today” was the sentence he had to write during his naturalization test to demonstrate his mastery of the English language.) Several weeks after the Lincoln Center show, he performed I Bought a Blue Car Today in Australia at the Sydney Opera House. Later that year, he released an album of the same name, and opened the show on London’s West End. A highly successful U.S. tour followed. Between filming episodes of The Good Wife, Cumming continued his concert appearances, including the memorable Alan and Liza at the Palace, featuring old friend Liza Minnelli, at the Cherry Grove Beach Hotel's Ice Palace nightclub on Fire Island. The show later moved to Town Hall in New York City, where another live album was recorded. Cumming continued to occasionally take  I Bought a Blue Car Today on the road, and

put together a new show titled Alan Cumming: Uncut, which was staged in New York, Pennsylvania, New Orleans, Fort Lauderdale and San Francisco. In 2015, he developed Sappy Songs for a two-week stint at the Café Carlyle. That's the quintessential New York supper club where for 37 years legendary pianist Bobby Short was in residence, and where a clarinet-wielding Woody Allen still regularly jams with the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band. Sappy Songs, which Cumming described as his most personal and intimate show to date, was recorded and released as a live album. And it was a bona fide Manhattan happening, with celebrities routinely showing up to see what the frenetic entertainer was up to. During the show’s run, Cumming shared the stage with Kristin Chenoweth — with whom he co-hosted the 2015 Tony Awards broadcast on CBS — and the New York Gay Chorus. The song selection was eclectic, ranging from WINTER 2016 | artsLife

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